Being 2012, hopefully it’s not the beginning of The End like it suggests in the Mayan calendar. I’d like to think it’s more of The End as in the Doors song.
‘Can you picture what will be. So limitless and free. ‘
Jan. 5th, Promotion Party
The year has started with a BANG! The party on Jan. 5th was a success.
Party-goers checked-in with Yelp. They received their Yelp shot glasses from Misti Yang, the Las Vegas Yelp rep and proceeded to get the ‘special drink’ at the bar which was called the ‘Royal’ I believe after the Royal House. Party-goers could then get their photo taken with the iSnap Photo LV kiosk provided by Rick Williams. Photos could be posted to FaceBook, Twitter or emailed to friends. People mingled and snacked during the 6 o’clock hour.
During the 7 o’clock hour the Social Media Film Festival showed some social media oriented short films. “Come Together” written by Darlene Dalmaceda and “TechNOphilia” written by Rianne Hill Soriano are both satires about social media and texting. The third short shown was my own spoof on the Octo Mom called “The Octo Circus.”
The fourth video was of my Indie Go-Go campaign to remind the party-goers that there was an underlining reason for the evening’s party. With 6 days left at the time, the party was a last ditch effort to get people to share the Indie Go-Go link with others to hopefully give the campaign a bit of a boost in funding. At the time of the party we had raised a little over $1,000. The initial goal was to reach $6,500. Most of that goal amount was to go towards securing a venue at a ‘MAJOR CASINO.’
We had a short Q & A afterwards.
Part of my payment to the band was a Social Media Film Festival tee-shirt for Roxy Gunn, the lead singer. So, she was happy to receive that.
Before the band took the stage, I also gave away another SMFF tee-shirt to whomever could answer the following question:
What were the last names of the ‘twins’ that sued Mark Zuckerberg?
Then I gave away a shirt to the first person that knew what company the symbol on the shirt I held up was. The shirt was an extra shirt I picked up at a recent WordPress Camp in Las Vegas. The shirt said ‘Word’ with the ‘W’ circled. My photographer for the event, Tina Chapman, had the answer. (She was one of a few hands I saw go up and I sort of wanted her to have the shirt.)
Blah, blah, blah. I WANNA’ ROCK!
OK. We’ve had drinks, snacks, shorts and chats. It’s time for some much anticipated music.
Roxy Gunn Project took the stage and rocked the Royal House! They belted out some original songs like “Avoid the Eyes” and “Goodbye Kiss” from upcoming movie “Road To Hell.” They also did some cover songs; “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Love is a Battlefield” and “Zombie.”
SIDENOTE: “Zombie” by the Cranberries was a song I requested as it has a lot of meaning to me personally. It was the inspiration behind the name of my production company, In Your Head Productions, LLC, when I was shooting a music video back in film school involving zombies. “Zombie” had taken over the airwaves (in 19994) and was playing when my make-up artists were applying special fx make-up to my actors. Additionally, I finally incorporated the name officially last year in setting up my production company and film festival. (‘In your head’ is a lyric in the song.)
Fri. Jan. 6th – The Next Day (First Friday) – 1PM
Literally the next day, I had a meeting with the Operations Manager from Brenden Theatres and the Palms Casino & Hotel. I had been talking to them since the very beginning of my festival’s concept months ago. I had been marketing my festival without mentioning any particular casino or venue in place for months now. The Operations Manager told me I have the blessing of Brenden Theatres and the Palms to use their logos in my planning, marketing, fundraising and sponsorship pursuits.
And then…First Friday!